First Annual Southern Colorado High School Honor Band performs at CSU–Pueblo

More than 50 students from 18 Colorado high schools performed a free concert Saturday, Feb. 2, in Hoag Recital Hall on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus as the first Southern Colorado High School Honor Band. The concert featured 55 high school musicians under the direction of Lt. Col. Larry Lang, Commander and Conductor of the Air Force Academy Band.

The students attended workshops and rehearsed together for two days before their first performance. The evening’s program included the following pieces: The Star Spangled Banner, Towards a New Horizon, The Thunderer, On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, Sόlas Ané, In Einem Anderen Licht, and America the Beautiful.

These 55 students were selected from a pool of 85 who submitted CDs and tapes for auditions. For their audition, students were required to perform from specific audition pieces, or select two minutes from a piece of their choosing, as well as to perform scales. They were then scored and ranked by CSU-Pueblo music instructors Dina Hollingsworth, piccolo and flute; Mike De Luca, clarinet; Brad Eastin, saxophone; Mathew Evans, horn; Al Eberhardt, trumpet; Rick Crafts, trombone; Todd Sizer, euphonium and tuba; Aaron Turner, percussion; and Sara Stewart from the Air Force Academy, oboe and bassoon.

Students who participated in the Honor Band are listed by hometown, then high school within that town, alphabetically by name, followed by their instrument.

East High School
Amber Barger, trombone
Evan Duran, bassoon
Aaron Griffin, horn
David Grisham, clarinet
Steven Madina, clarinet
Ryan Zanini, trumpet

South High School
Lindsay Moran, flute
Jennifer Smith, clarinet

Pueblo West High School
Robert Even, horn
Brenden Fouse, trumpet
Nigel Hall, clarinet
Madeline Smith, clarinet
Sarah Ward, euphonium

Air Academy High School
Daniel Amoroso, bass clarinet
Kevin Durbin, clarinet
Felicity Harl, oboe
Anthony Morton, trumpet
Alaina Olterogge, horn
Brandon Pickelsimer, tuba
Ron Rather, euphonium
Eric Schlabs, bass trombone
Brandon Shaw, horn
Michaela Smith, alto saxophone
Richard Stover, clarinet
Erich Ward, clarinet
Kasey Warren, trumpet
Karin Zepf, flute

Cheyenne Mountain High School
Nicole Duncan, flute
Marta Reeve Heinz, piccolo

Coronado High School
Corrin Baker, flute

Lewis-Palmer High School
Samantha Newby, bassoon

The Classical Academy
Katherine Peters, horn
Megan Peters, oboe
Christian Turner, tenor saxophone

Wasson High School
Gaby Lamah, trumpet
Rebekah Smelser, tuba
Jesse Kruse, trombone

Widefield High School
Priscilla Besseck, clarinet
Benjamin Gallogly, trumpet
Victoria Higgins, tenor saxophone

Elizabeth High School
Jesse Kruse, trombone

Florence High School
Ethan McCarter, percussion

Rock Canyon High School
Brittany Allen, flute

Manitou Springs High School
Elizabeth Lingle, clarinet
Harrison Smith, bari saxophone

Manzanola High School
Whitney Hodges, trombone

Sterling High School
Keith Wade Singer, trombone

Trinidad High School
Jeremy Dahl, trombone
Eugene Duran, percussion
Molly Gerry, trumpet
Emma Joanna Lawless, bass clarinet
Leola Marie Smith, horn
William Willson, tuba

Woodland Park High School
James Denning, alto saxophone
Travis Henry, percussion

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